MAN'S SENSES AS INFORMATIONAL CHANNELS,
JOHNS HOPKINS UNIV SILVER SPRING MD APPLIED PHYSICS LAB
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The sum and substance of mans experience is mediated by his senses. Too often the fact is ignored that other senses besides those of vision and hearing provide important ancillary sources of information. There is a strong tendency, especially in many military and industrial applications, to overload one of the senses whether through expediency or the general compounding of complexity. This review attempts to survey in a general fashion what is known about mans ability to make use of his sensory capacities for the gathering of information. Where possible, comparisons between different sense modalities are made and the problem of sensory interactions is discussed. Some suggestions are offered relative to the possible unburdening of men in complex environments by the judicious use of some of the subordinate sensory channels. Author Expanded version of TG-264, issued in March 1956 as Comparison and interaction among sensory input channels, which formed chapter 4 of the Joint services human engineering guide to equipment design.
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